We bought this for our daughter for Christmas and my initial impression was that it seemed a bit confusing for a 6 year old. However, having played for a few days we are finding it fairly easy for her. My dog loving daughter has picked a spirited Siberian Husky to start her adventure. The idea is you complete quests given to you by other dogs around the village, this could be anything from throwing a stone in a river to unfreeze it, to getting an apple pie from your Mother. Your dog also has the opportunity to find various fruits and vegetables by sniffing and digging which adds to it's health status. The only negative I would say is the Wii remote is not always that responsive when trying to turn your dog around and it seems you have to complete a quest fully before getting the chance to save - which is a bit annoying when you are trying to get the children to switch off to get to school!
Our copy of Dogz was purchased by my extremely soft, dog-adoring eight year old son who just luuurved Nintedogs (DS). I (and the cat) hope it will stave off his desire to own a real dog. He hopes it will encourage me to come to my senses and get him a real dog.
Firstly, if you are coming from playing Nintendogs, the animation on Dogz is quite disappointing. On the cover of the game the dogs pictured look like photographs. The actual gameplay "Dogz", however, do not. The animation is not terrible - simply not as realistic as you might expect. However, they still look quite adorable!
Everything is very bright, pretty and cute in this game, and not just the scenery (bright green grass, pretty flowers, butterflies, dolphins). The music, some of which you may recognise if you own other Nintendo games (Supermario Galaxy springs to mind), is gentle and sweet - and very, very repetitive after a while. You have been warned! However, the game can be played with the television on "mute" if the music really starts to get on your nerves, as there is no spoken dialogue. I'm not saying the music isn't lovely - simply that if your preference is for, say, early 80s punk, this saccharin may start to grate after a while.
The plot is slow and unexciting. At the beginning of the story, your character - a dog you may choose from a selection and name whatever you wish - accidentally releases evil wolf-dog "Ivlet" from jail and allows him to get his rotten paws on a magic hat. For the rest of the game, you must make amends by cleaning up the mess he makes and restoring things to the way they were.
The gameplay consists of receiving various missions from other dogs, via speech bubbles. There is no time limit and all of the missions are easily achievable by even very young children. In exchange for completing the missions you can receive food (health), accessories for your dog and other items you may need. As you would expect, there is no violence in this game, and even the "baddie" really struggles to seem at all sinister in his cute magician's hat!
This is the perfect game for your young child who loves dogs. Hardcore action fanatics or older children will probably find it dull, but it's really hard to be offended by this sweet time-passer. Although our cat isn't too impressed.